The blacktop at Washington Elementary School was transformed Friday into an explosive canvas of color as Nickelodeon artists helped students celebrate the 11th annual California Arts Day.
“I love that we just get to express ourselves and draw what we love,” said fifth-grader Alexandria Llamas, 10, as she and classmates labored over chalk drawings.
Washington Elementary has marked Arts Day with a chalk festival for about a decade, said Principal Arlene Mooradian-Zenian, and it is more anticipated and beloved than any of the traditional holidays.
“Studies show that art also improves academics, so this is our way of having the kids … get artistic and express themselves,” Mooradian-Zenian said.
Three dozen Nickelodeon artists were there to get students’ creative juices flowing, covering the playground with elaborate and whimsical chalk art. Some of the work detailed popular Nickelodeon cartoon characters, such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.